Principal Investigator

Kareen L. K. Coulombe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Medical Science
Center for Biomedical Engineering
School of Engineering &
Division of Biology and Medicine
Email: kareen_coulombe(at) 


Postdoctoral Fellows

Fabiola Munarin, Ph.D.

Project:  Development of 3-Dimensional Scaffolds to Induce Vascularization After Cardiac Ischemic Events
Research Interests: Cardiac regeneration, natural polymers, microspheres, hydrogels, growth factors, infarct model
Email: fabiola_munarin(at) 

PhD Students

Nick Kaiser, BS

PhD candidate in BME
Project: An Optimized Natural Polymer Scaffold for Cardiac Tissue Regeneration
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, tissue scaffolds, biomaterials 
Email: nicholas_kaiser(at) 

Rajeev Kant, BS

PhD student in BME
Project: Spatio-temporal Cues for Vascularization of Human iPSC-derived Cardiac Engineered Tissue
Research Interests: hiPSC-cardiac differentiation, cardiac tissue engineering, vascular patterning, 3D printing
Email: rajeev_kant(at) 

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Cassady Rupert, BA
PhD Candidate in BME
Project:  Stimulating Cardiomyocyte Maturity in Engineered Cardiac Tissue with Synthetic and Biological Materials
Research Interests:  Cardiac tissue engineering, hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, cardiac fibroblasts
Email: cassady_rupert(at) 

Travis Wallace, BS

PhD student in BME
Project: Biophysical Creep Conditioning of Cardiomyocyte Maturity in Engineered Human Cardiac Tissue
Research Interests:  Cardiac tissue engineering, hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes, electromechanical function
Email: travis_wallace(at) 

ScM Students

Chinedu Irofuala, ScB '17Biomedical Engineering '18
Maria Paredes, ScB '17, 
Biomedical Engineering '18

Undergraduate Students

Gian IgnacioBiomedical Engineering '18
Amelia KhooBiomedical Engineering '18
Colette Bare, Biomedical Engineering '19
Jessica Bellows
Biomedical Engineering '19
Carly Kabelac
Biomedical Engineering '19
Kelly WilliamsBiomedical Engineering '19
Jasmine Gabor
, Undeclared '21

Former Lab Members

Ananya Anand, BS, Medical Student '19
Heidi Chang
, ScB with Honors in Chemical Engineering '16
Bining Lu, ScM in Biotechnology '16
Giuliano Marostica, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering '15, Ionata Award Winner
Shababa Matin, Biomedical Engineering '17
Kyle Meyer, ScM in Biomedical Engineering '16
G. Andrea Micheli, MSc in Biomedical Engineering '16, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Maria Muhammad,
BS in Chemistry '18 from Tougaloo College
Jad Nasrallah
, ScB with Honors in Mechanical Engineering '17, Kestin Award Winner
Carlota Pereda Serras, ScB with Honors in Biology '15
Jason Thomas, ScB with Honors in Physics '17
Dalia Ruiz
, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering '16
Jackie Vu, AB with Honors in Engineering '17